another interesting realm of experimental ambience and groovy dark electronics. this being the fourth installment from u-cover, Jeff Mcllwain takes on various themes that remind me of the intensity that skam’s artists were doing over the past years.
packaged in a plastic bag, soft inner sleeve with awesome cover design by bombthedot.com, Lybaert’s label continues on with their simple but effective packaging.
this cd contains eleven tracks, from which two tracks have additional collaborations with various artists, and four of which are interludes throughout. we step into this ride, with “feed me” which takes on a funky, jazzy, and playful field of instrumentation utilizing upright bass, guitar, flute, shallow vocals, and standard percussion kits from other additional artists. this track evokes a loungey and content feel that skam has brought to my ears over the past few years.
the second track leads us into the beginning of the four part interludes of “sem.” this track, “sem 1”, gradually moves you into the next corridors of ambience by using emerging and echoing string components. repeating flute patterns on the second part to the mysterious alien floating rhythms of “sem 3.” while the final part takes a building of all previous instrumentations combined with slow sweeping abrasive interference waves that build to intensity. each of these parts fit their place on this release.
track three, “freak” works with more funky and loungey rhythms that collates string and fragmented voice mods into the mix. track four runs amok with experimental effected rhythms that spastically get sliced and mixed. track six, “lazy days”, pushes on the loungey ambience further with backwards jazz rhythms, snare hits, funky guitar and bass movements, light happy string arrangements and various vocal mods. track eight, “slip through”, builds on gradual emerging tweaked modulations that build to a laid-back rhythms that are implemented by traditional jazz-like beats and disintegrating sound loops and backwards strings. the next track, “mod” , one of my favorites, plays with fun chord progression that retracts and snaps into place in intervals while layers on various other string and bass elements emerge to the forefront, swallowing the percussives, and rolling over to the further stages of these beautifully arranged piece that never ends.
this leads us to the final awesome outro piece, “back track”; here your brain is carefully massaged with beautifully introspective drones and dark metamorphosing strings that are assisted by distant submerging rhythms and modulated waves. strangely enough, i would buy this cd alone just for that track, it is absolutely brilliant! again - something wonderful from u-cover.